Pewter of the Western World is the first comprehensive and authoritative study of antique pewter on an international basis to be published in the English language. Written by one of the world's leading experts, it chronicles the history of the pewter industry in Europe, Britain and America from 1600 to 1850. The wide variety of marks found on pewter are fully discussed including makers marks, marks of quality, town and guild marks and capacity and ownership marks. The care and dating of pewter and the nature of fakes and reproductions are all examined. This comprehensive study with more than 1300 illustrations should prove to be the standard reference work that has been needed for many years.